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Description: Ingredients
Chicken (20%), rice (15%), dehydrated poultry proteins, wheat, maize, maize gluten meal,
animal fat (preserved with vitamin E), beet pulp, hydrolysed animal proteins, fish oil,
dehydrated egg, brewers yeast, potassium chloride, plasma proteins, tetrasodium
pyrophosphate, , salt, citrics extract rich in bioflavonoids


Vitamin A, 20000 IU/kg; Vitamin D3, 1500 IU/kg; Vitamin E (a-tocopherol),450 mg/kg;
Vitamin C, 350 mg/kg; Copper (copper sulphate pentahydrate), 8.8 mg/kg; Taurine 1200 mg/Kg.

Typical analysis
Crude protein: 27,0 %
Crude fat: 17,0 %
Crude fibre: 2,0 %
Crude ash: 6,5 %
Calcium: 1,3 %
Phosphorus: 1,0 %
Moisture: 8,0 %



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon March 6, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Insufficient meat content, by-products, low quality grains, fat of unidentifiable origin and other controversial filler.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, but this makes up only 20% of the food, which we consider to be insufficient.


The second ingredient is rice, which is a decent quality grain. This comprises 15% of the food.


Dehydrated poultry proteins, the third ingredient is a low quality product of unidentifiable origin. This is likely to equate to poultry by-product meal. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of poultry by-product meal is “a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered poultry, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.”


The fourth ingredient is wheat. The use of wheat is a significant negative: wheat is believed to be the number one cause of allergy problems in dog food. This is another ingredient we prefer not to see used at all in dog food.


The next ingredient is maize (corn). Corn is a problematic grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. We prefer not to see this used in dog food. Corn appears a second time on the ingredient list, this time as gluten meal. The AAFCO definition of corn gluten meal is “the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm”.


Animal fat is a further low quality ingredient and is impossible to determine the source. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as "obtained from the tissues of mammals and/or poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative".


Beet pulp is a filler and a controversial ingredient – it is a by-product, being dried residue from sugar beets which has been cleaned and extracted in the process of manufacturing sugar. It is a controversial ingredient in dog food, claimed by some manufacturers to be a good source of fibre, and derided by others as an ingredient added to slow down the transition of rancid animal fats and causing stress to kidney and liver in the process. We note that beet pulp is an ingredient that commonly causes problems for dogs, including allergies and ear infections, and prefer not to see it used in dog food. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required.


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